Shopping can
really be a delight in Manali if you love to bargain. Items which you can pick
up from the shops here include handicrafts, carpets, Chinese electronic goods,
Chinese clothes and shoes, Himachali jewelleries and Kullu shawls. For those
looking for something more, there are Tibetan curios such as prayer wheels,
amulets, dorjees or thunderbolts, masks, musical instruments, jewellery and
thangkas. Fresh jams, pickles, yellow chilli and wild asparagus can also be
bought from Manali. 

The Mall is the
best place in Manali to shop. Apart from this, the NSC or ‘New Shopping Centre’
Market near the bus stand can also be explored for goods.

The Mall is the
main shopping area in Manali, selling local Kullu and Kinnauri shawls, rugs,
caps and footwear, imported goods, besides a range of Tibetan handicraft items.
It is more of a busy commercial street with modern concrete blocks of hotels
that spill over with tourists in the peak season. Other shopping zones in the
Mall include- Hong Kong Market, Thai Market, Tibetan Market, Dragon Shopping
Complex, Lama Underground, Shangri La Shopping Complex, New NAC Market and Snow
Lion Underground Market.

The Himachal Handicrafts Emporium and Bhuticco weavers’ co-operative in the
main Manali Mall are good for local handicrafts. Handcrafted shawls and rugs
are the major and the most popular buys here.

The Tibetan Bazaar and Tibetan Carpet centre run by the refugee community sells
thangkas, rugs, local tweeds, Buddhist paintings, bamboo souvenirs, Chinese
goods (electronics, shoes, clothes etc), silver and turquoise jewellery and
prayers wheels amongst other things. The place is overcrowded with tourists in
the summers.

If you are interested in buying more hippie and junky stuff, then the Old
Manali market is a must visit. You could even pick up fresh fruit jams, jellies
and pickles from the market and take them back as souvenirs. All the shops are
open from 10 am to 7 pm. Bargaining is a must here as most shops tend to quote
a higher price.

Rohtang Pass

Around 51 km from
Manali is the Rohtang Pass, the only entranceway to Lahaul Spiti. The Pass is
situated at an altitude of 4111 m on the highway to Keylong and is a must visit
for the lovers of trekking. Sudden snowfall in this area can block the Pass
even between June to September (which is the time when the Pass is open for
tourists). Dasohar Lake and Beas Kund (origin point of the Beas river) are
quiet close by.
Tourist vehicles at Rohtang Pass.
 A view from Rohtang Pass.

A file picture of snow bordered road to Rohtang pass in Himachal Pradesh.

 Tourists at Rohtang Pass.

Rohtang Pass is considered as Gate way of Lahaul Spiti and Leh Valley.



 Rohtang Pass, at an altitude of 13050 feet above sea level.





Kothi is a delight
for all those who love to relax amidst natural beauty. The small village has
been a shooting ground for a number of movies. A PWD Rest House is a good place
to stop and watch the surrounding beauty of the place. Kothi is around 12 km
from the town of Manali.
Kothi,Manali-Rohtang Highway.

Places to see in Manali. Kothi.

Kothi-near-manali a view of winter.

 KothiManali this place is situated about 12 km from Manali.

12 kms from the Manali, Kothi is a place that offers excellent surroundings.

Rahala Waterfalls

The sight of the
waterfall is absolutely fantastic. Lying on the way to the Rohtang Pass, around
16 km from Manali, it also makes up for a good picnic spot.

 Rahala waterfalls on the way to Rothang Pass.

Rahala waterfalls About 16 kms from Manali.

Solang Valley

13 km northwest of
Manali is the Solang valley which is also called the Snow Point. The valley is
perfect for enjoying some adventure activities. There are good skiing slopes
here. Trainings is given to help new skiiers. The Mountaineering Institute has
installed a 300 m ski lift to enhance the ski training activities. This valley
also becomes a venue for the annual winter skiing festival.

 Solang Valley Manali kullu H.P. after snow.

Tourists in Solang Valley.

Solange Nullah is
in a side valley above the valley of Kullu. It is the site of Manali’s ski
school, and when the snow disappeared, all the local paragliding ‘schools’.
Phatru is steep, rocky face above to Solange Nullah near East.
Solang Valley , Ice view of Kullu Manali.

Arjun Gufa

Around 5 km from
Manali is Arjun Gufa, standing on the banks of Beas river close to the village
Prini. This is supposed to be the same place where Arjuna, one of the Pandava
brothers, meditated to get the possession of the powerful ‘Pashupati Astra’ (
weapon ) from Indra.
                          Arjun Gufa
The cave (Arjun
Gufa) is situated near Prini village. This is a good 1/2 day excursion with
charming view of the brilliant mountains.
Arjun Gufa A legendary cave near the village of ‘Prini’.

Nehru Kund

                        Nehru Kund

This clear cold
water spring is said to have its origin from the Bhrigu lake. The spring is
around 6 km from the town on the Manali-Keylong road. It became famous because
the former Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru always drank water from it
during his stay in Manali.
Nehru Kund A natural spring of clean cold water.

Vashisht Springs & Temples

Vashisht Springs & TemplesAround 3 km from
Manali the Vashisht Springs & Temples are yet another attractions for
tourists. There are two stone temples, dedicated to Vashisht Rishi and Lord Rama,
that stand opposite to each other. The smaller temple dedicated to the sage has
a partially covered courtyard and is decorated with fine woodcarvings. The hot
sulphur spring provides water to the bathing tanks where you can enjoy a dip.

Vashisht Springs & Temples
Vashisht Springs & Temples

Vashisht Springs & Temples

Tibetan Monasteries

Kullu has the
highest population of Tibetan refugees in Himachal Pradesh. Quiet obviously,
there are Tibetan monasteries in Manali. The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa, which
stands around the bottom of the Mall, was constructed in the year 1969. The
highlight of the monastery are colourful frescoes and a mid size Buddhist
statute. Another highlight of the monastery is carpet weaving and Tibetan
handicraft. The sale of these handicrafts along with the donations from local
people keep this monastery going.
Tibetan Monasteries
Another monastery
by the name of Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa is also quiet attractive. Though,
slightly smaller than the previous monastery, it is more modern. There is huge
statue of gold faced Buddha. The monastery stands pretty close to the bazaar in
a beautiful garden of sunflowers. When darkness falls, the entire monastery
glitters with electric bulbs. The aroma of Tibetan incense further adds up to
the charm of the monastery.

Tibetan Monasteries

Club House

This is a place to
enjoy yourself. At a distance of 2 km from town and on the left bank of Manalsu
Nallah, this club has facilities for indoor games. Few picnic spots in close
vicinity are an added attractions.

Club House

A View of Club House